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Her Farm, growing hope in the Himalayas

Her Farm was built to provide poor, landless and homeless women and their children a sustainable home and livelihood. Her Farm is grass-roots community development that impacts the entire rural village where the farm is located.  

Nepal is a primarily agrarian society with more than 80% of the population engaged in farming. Over the course of many years the traditional organic farming methods have been replaced with the use of chemicals to increase farm outputs. The chemicals have placed a heavy burden on farming both in terms of their financial cost and environmental damage. At Her Farm we are bringing traditional organic farming back to the village. Her Farm is a demonstration farm where experimental agriculture takes place to show villagers techniques that may increase production without the use of toxic chemicals. 

At Her Farm you will work alongside the women who live at the farm as they grow vegetables, rice, millet and other crops with organic methods. Her Farm also has livestock such as cows, goats and chickens. You will help in the daily care of livestock. It's not easy work, but the women of Her Farm make it fun. You'll learn a lot about farming and about life in Nepal. 

 

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More About This Placement

Growing Hope in the Himalayas

Domestic abuse in Nepal is rampant. The leading cause of death among women of childbearing age is suicide. Widows are tossed out and branded as witches. Victims of the sex trade are shunned by families. These women have no where to go. They are skilled farmers, they can support themselves and feed their children if they have a little land. Our farm cooperative will provide them with shelter and place to grow food. That's the essential needs, without which they will stay trapped in abuse.

We examined other programs that help women in these situations. Most of these programs are skill development based and attempt to train women to sew, weave or make handicrafts. These are marginal incomes, at best. 80% of Nepal is agriculture and 90% of the work done on farms is done by the women. Nearly all Nepali women have a great skill-set as farmers. Given a plot of land to farm and a roof over their heads, these women can, and will, produce enough crops to feed themselves and their children. That's a sustainable solution. 

For young women there is a very real societal pressure to marry young, mostly in marriages arranged by families. Having a home, meaningful employment and continuing education provides these young women with options. 

What Can You Do?

There is a lot of work to be done. 

Farm Work. The farm has a lot of land that needs to be put to use for organic farming. You can help directly and work on the land. You can work right along side our women farmers and grow the food that you, and they, will be eating. Farming is hard, but fully satisfying work and nothing tastes better than a meal prepared from the food you've grown yourself. You will be helping these women to provide a sustainable future for themselves and their children. 

Teaching. We have a before and after school program for school age students in the village. Day care and early childhood education for those too young to attend school and offer ESL and computer tutoring for the older youth in the village as well as the women living at the farm. 

Photography and Art. The women and children are interested in both photography and art and you can help them with both.

Construction or Repairs.  With 30 women and children calling Her Farm their home, we've built a lot of housing and infrastructure. There's always repairs or rebuilding of the facilities. 

Learn Nepali cooking and culture. One of the best experiences you can have at Her Farm is to help the women in the kitchen. It's a lot of work to feed 30 people each day. You'll learn the secrets of making Nepali dishes and have the opporunity to spend quality time visiting with the women and learning all about life in Nepal. 

 

 

 

What Will Your Impact Be?

General. We can't possibly in the space we have here describe all the long-term impacts. You'll be helping women build new lives, helping children to learn, helping an entire village lift itself up and helping yourself to appreciate the life you have. We promise, you will create lasting change and you will also be forever changed. The women of Her Farm, at least many of them, come from horrific backgrounds. Your friendship, caring and comradery means a lot to them. Rejected by their own families and society, the time you spend building friendship with them is powerful healing for past trauma. 

Schools in poor, rural areas lack basic physical facilities and trained teachers. The need for those who can teach English is especially high. While wealthier families are able to send their children to English medium schools in Kathmandu, the typical rural villager cannot. Their children face a huge disadvantage later in life due to the lack of English speaking ability. As a volunteer teacher you will directly teach English as a second language to children who attend a community based school and teach the local school teachers and the youth in the village as well so that your efforts have an ongoing impact in the quality of education in the village. Local students may also need your assistance with one-on-one tutoring in a variety of subjects.
Our before and after school program, early childhood education and tutoring programs are intended to help overcome the educational shortcomings of the schools in Nepal and improve the futures of the children and youth you will be working with. 

Requirements and Pricing

Pricing.  What you pay covers our costs to support you 24 hours a day, 7 days a week in Nepal and to provide answers to all your questions during the pre-trip planning stage. It would be impossible to type out an entire list of what is included, but here are the key points. 

 

1) Before travel to Nepal we will spend as much time as it take to provide you the help you need to arrange travel, visa information what to expect in Nepal, what to pack for Nepal, what you can do while you are in Nepal and what life will be like in Nepal for you.   Your advisor knows Nepal inside and out and has lived there. You will be getting the most expert guidance possible.

 

2) We will assist you in getting from the airport to our house. We have our own volunteer group housing in Nepal so that we can ensure your safety and the quality of food, cleanliness and safety of drinking water. The housing has same-sex shared rooms furnished with beds and all the sheets, blankets, pillows and towel. Our girls keep the house clean, though you are expected to help by picking up your own room. At the farm, we have clean comfortable housing with beds and beddings furnished. Wake up each day to beautiful views and end the day with breathtaking sunsets. Fresh air and the relazing pace of life in a real Nepali village await you. 

 

3) Around the clock staff support. Our women, girls and staff live in the housing at Her Farm. They will take you on a tour of Kathmandu, help you learn the culture, the language, how to navigate the transportation systems and every other aspect of life in Nepal. They are there to support you twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week. They can also help you arrange for any in-country travel you may wish to do while in Nepal as well as suggest places to go and things to do. 

 

Our pricing is simple, our support is all-encompassing. You are coming to work with us and be a part of our family and you'll be treated as family the entire time you are in Nepal. 

 

Requirements: Ability to live in a rural community and physically able to work. You will live in volunteer housing on Her Farm that's comfortable but not fancy. We have shower rooms and toilets and hot running water. Our staff will prepare meals using farm-fresh locally sourced food. 

It takes a full hour or more to walk the farm, uphill. Bring a backpack for your personal items and pack light. 

We have limited internet access from the farm. Local bus service can bring you back to Kathmandu in two hours where you will have access to all the facilities we have in the Kathmandu volunteer housing.  

Travel medical insurance is required. You can obtain coverage HERE

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